Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II announced

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Nikon has announced the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II. The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II is a successor to the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED which was only released 6 years ago.  The added features are the adoption of Nano Crystal Coat and the VR II vibration reduction system, which offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately 4 stops.

In terms of lens construction, both are based on 24 elements in 17 groups with 4 ED glass elements and have a pretty much identical MTF performance. Both weight about the same with the VRII being 100 grams heavier.

This super telephoto zoom lens is popular amongst sport and wild life photographers. It is listed for $7k USD at the date of release. Given that the target audience for this lens is professional photographers, there shouldn’t be any hesitation in upgrading to this lens.

Additional features:

Three Focus Modes

A/M mode joins the familiar M/A and M modes, enhancing AF control versatility with fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus to accommodate personal shooting techniques.

Nano Crystal Coat

Further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.

Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization

Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.

 

AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II

AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR

MTF Chart – Left: Wide; Right: Tele

MTF Chart – Left: Wide; Right: Tele

Release 2010

Lens construction

24 elements in 17 groups (with four ED glass elements, Nano Crystal Coat), and one detachable protective glass

Number of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded)

Minimum focus distance

2 m/6.6 ft. (in AF mode), 1.95 m/6.4 ft. (in MF mode)

Maximum reproduction ratio

0.27x (in AF mode), 0.28x (in MF mode)

Diameter x length (extension from lens mount)

Approximately 124 x 365.5 mm/4.9 x 14.4 in.

Weight

Approximately 3,360 g/7.4 lbs. (with protective glass)

Release 2004

Lens construction

24 elements in 17 groups (4 ED glass elements), as well as one detachable protective lens

Number of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded)

Minimum focus distance

2m in AF mode (1.95m in MF mode) through the entire zoom range

Maximum reproduction ratio 
0.27x (in AF mode), 0.28x (in MF mode)

Diameter x length (extension from lens mount)

124×365 mm with protective lens (124×358 mm without)

Weight (approx.):

3,275g with protective lens (3,150g without)

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